LIFESTYLE
 

 
 
 
 
 

Hey there all you wonderful readers! We've decided to start a little page on posts about our life... hence the title.. Lifestyle. On this Lifestyle page, you'll find all our personal stories/posts of places we've visited, as well as a little insight into who we are and how ArboursAbroad came about.... And a bit of posts of ah-ha moments in our lives! The goal of this page is to inspire you to travel, giving you the tips on how to engage in a lifestyle of traveling! If you can't find what you're looking for here, send us an email, or comment below.. we're open books around here and want to do all we can to get you out to explore the beautiful Creation around!!



 



 

  • Why You Should Have A Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Credit Card If You’re Traveling Abroad

    Why You Should Have A Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Credit Card If You’re Traveling Abroad

    Credit cards, debit cards, bank cards… anything money related is usually the first question we’re asked when talking about traveling. And that’s for a good reason. Bank fees are the absolute pit of all pits when it comes to money spent while traveling, so finding the best card for your next adventure is a top Read more about Why You Should Have A Chase Sapphire Preferred Travel Credit Card If You’re Traveling Abroad[…]Read More »
  • Finding a Travel Credit Card That’s Right for You | Six Things to Consider With Credit Cards

    Finding a Travel Credit Card That’s Right for You | Six Things to Consider With Credit Cards

    If you’re planning on traveling at all, heck if you want free stuff, you need to get a travel credit card. Travel credit cards save you loads, and can even give you free hotel nights, flights, and more! With more and more credit card companies jumping on the train of giving users points on their Read more about Finding a Travel Credit Card That’s Right for You | Six Things to Consider With Credit Cards[…]Read More »
  • Defining SUCCESS with the help of #TheBucketListFamily

    Defining SUCCESS with the help of #TheBucketListFamily

      Lately, we’ve been all over the place. If we could record our conversations and share them with you, you’d understand. Our ideas. Our dreams. Our goals… everything is changing from one minute to the next, and yet it’s staying the same. Just writing that makes me tear up. Because here’s the deal. I want Read more about Defining SUCCESS with the help of #TheBucketListFamily[…]Read More »
  • Wait, What?! Heather’s in the States?!?!

    Wait, What?! Heather’s in the States?!?!

    So, I (Heather) am back in the United States. Yes, not we… just me, myself, and I. This is a first. A Big First. And I’m still not sure how I feel about it.   If you followed along with our Instagram posts, you know Jay and I just had the trip of a lifetime. Read more about Wait, What?! Heather’s in the States?!?![…]Read More »
  • Breaking Expectations Society Puts on Birthdays

    Breaking Expectations Society Puts on Birthdays

      Societal birthday expectations made me think this year, my birthday should have been on April 16th, or even on April 14th… but certainly not on April 15th.     April 15th – the day my birthday comes on every year, because well, it’s my birthday – should not have been my birthday. It wasn’t Read more about Breaking Expectations Society Puts on Birthdays[…]Read More »
  • Why We Travel || Our Idea of the Life We’re Called to Live

    Why We Travel || Our Idea of the Life We’re Called to Live

      Wondering why we travel? Sometimes we wonder too! And while it’s not easy to answer that question, we’re hoping this explains a bit more of why we travel and live the life we do.   Lately, it seems like around every corner tragedy strikes. There is so much bad in the world, but here’s Read more about Why We Travel || Our Idea of the Life We’re Called to Live[…]Read More »
  • What You Need to do Before Traveling Abroad

    What You Need to do Before Traveling Abroad

      Planning a trip outside your home country is an extremely exciting time. However, with that excitement comes a bit of stress. Before traveling abroad to relax on a beach or backpack through a foreign country, you’ll need to do a few things. Take care of these nine things and enjoy your vacation with a Read more about What You Need to do Before Traveling Abroad[…]Read More »
  • 11 Things Not to Do While Traveling || What to Avoid on Your Next Adventure

    11 Things Not to Do While Traveling || What to Avoid on Your Next Adventure

      Everyone talks about things to do while traveling, but what about the things not to do while traveling? With plenty of ideas on what you should do, we’re sharing things you shouldn’t do on your next adventure. Learn from our mistakes, and don’t do these things abroad!     1. Don’t take taxis. Taxis Read more about 11 Things Not to Do While Traveling || What to Avoid on Your Next Adventure[…]Read More »
  • 8 Things You Can’t Travel Without | Travel Essentials for Your Trip Abroad

    8 Things You Can’t Travel Without | Travel Essentials for Your Trip Abroad

      When planning a trip abroad, or in your home country, there are certain things you can’t travel without. Each time we travel somewhere new, we always have a bag with the following gear inside! Some of these may seem silly, but trust us, you’ll be thanking us for each of the items on our Read more about 8 Things You Can’t Travel Without | Travel Essentials for Your Trip Abroad[…]Read More »
  • Bigger, Better Plans | When Things Don’t Go as You Think They Will

    Bigger, Better Plans | When Things Don’t Go as You Think They Will

        There is no doubt in our minds that the Lord moved us to Scotland January 2016 to embark on a master’s in physiotherapy for Jason. However, what we didn’t know was that His plans for our lives over here were going to be different than the average physio student. A few weeks ago, Read more about Bigger, Better Plans | When Things Don’t Go as You Think They Will[…]Read More »
  • Cheap Travel Destinations || Places to Travel on a Budget in 2017

    Cheap Travel Destinations || Places to Travel on a Budget in 2017

      What’s a new year without making a list of goals and dreams for the upcoming year? Whether you write it down, or simply have it in your head, we’d bet your thinking about all that you’ll accomplish in the year 2017. With traveling being high on many people’s bucket lists for 2017, we’re sharing Read more about Cheap Travel Destinations || Places to Travel on a Budget in 2017[…]Read More »
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

      Something about this time of year makes it the best time of the year to many. Whether it’s time with friends and family, a time to step back and look at your life in a new perspective, or just the joyfulness that fills the streets, this time of the year is magical. For us, however, Read more about It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year[…]Read More »
  • From Checked to Carry-On | Downsizing Your Luggage

    From Checked to Carry-On | Downsizing Your Luggage

      Let’s face it, traveling with checked bags is a nuisance. Baggage fees, waiting in line to check the bag at the airport, and fearing losing your luggage in transfers can all be avoided by downsizing your luggage to a carry-on. It sounds like a daunting task, but it’s really not as hard as you Read more about From Checked to Carry-On | Downsizing Your Luggage[…]Read More »
  • Edinburgh Christmas Market, A Wee Beer Festival, and Weekend Extras

    Edinburgh Christmas Market, A Wee Beer Festival, and Weekend Extras

      It’s no wonder why so many people say a visit to Edinburgh during the Christmas Season is a must. Edinburgh hosts loads of Christmas festivities scattered throughout the city, with the major attraction being the Edinburgh Christmas Market right in the center. With great food, lovely handmade crafts, and even carnival rides, the Edinburgh Read more about Edinburgh Christmas Market, A Wee Beer Festival, and Weekend Extras[…]Read More »
  • 5 Tips to Flying Budget Airlines Including Luggage Guidelines

    5 Tips to Flying Budget Airlines Including Luggage Guidelines

      It’s no question that budget airlines provide extremely cheap rates. Flying roundtrip between countries for sometimes under 40 USD can save you loads while traveling. However, flying with budget airlines can be expensive if you don’t know these few tips.     TIPS FOR FLYING BUDGET AIRLINES 1. Pack Light Each checked bag is Read more about 5 Tips to Flying Budget Airlines Including Luggage Guidelines[…]Read More »
  • Find the Cheapest Flights for Your Next Vacation

    Find the Cheapest Flights for Your Next Vacation

      Finding flights is one of the most stressful parts of traveling. With so many different websites to purchase tickets, it’s hard to know if you’ve found the cheapest flights.  We have flown more times than we can count and have a couple tricks up our sleeves for finding the cheapest flight possible.     Read more about Find the Cheapest Flights for Your Next Vacation[…]Read More »
  • Madrid – The Result of a Four Day Weekend While Living In The UK

    Madrid – The Result of a Four Day Weekend While Living In The UK

      When we moved to the UK, we both wanted to make the most of how close everything within the EU is. Being from the states, we used to only dream of taking a four-day weekend to explore another country. Here in Scotland, that dream has turned into a reality! We knew that once the Read more about Madrid – The Result of a Four Day Weekend While Living In The UK[…]Read More »
  • How We Have Stuck To Our Budget While Traveling For Over Two Years

    How We Have Stuck To Our Budget While Traveling For Over Two Years

        Making a budget and actually sticking to that budget are two completely different things. Staying within your budget is hard to do at home. Add some traveling to that, and the task becomes nearly impossible. But you can do it! Sticking to your travel budget doesn’t have to be as hard as it Read more about How We Have Stuck To Our Budget While Traveling For Over Two Years[…]Read More »
  • How to Save Money While Road Tripping in The United States

    How to Save Money While Road Tripping in The United States

      Road Tripping in The United States should be on everyone’s bucketlist! The United States offers absolutely breathtaking views ranging from gorgeous mountains to red rock canyons. We spent two months road tripping in The United States, and ended our trip in utter amazement at how beautiful the US really is! Learn all our secrets to a cheaper Read more about How to Save Money While Road Tripping in The United States[…]Read More »
  • Six Weeks in The Shetland Islands : Jay’s 2nd Clinical Placement

    Six Weeks in The Shetland Islands : Jay’s 2nd Clinical Placement

        How can it be that Jason’s second clinical placement has already come and gone? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were moving to Scotland? The past ten months in Scotland has absolutely flown by, and our six weeks in the Shetland Islands is no exception. Our time in the Shetland Islands came and Read more about Six Weeks in The Shetland Islands : Jay’s 2nd Clinical Placement[…]Read More »
  • 10 Ways to Travel for Free

    10 Ways to Travel for Free

      Travel for free?! Who wouldn’t be up for that?? Before we started traveling, we had no idea of all the possible ways to travel for free. Yeah, we knew of a couple ways, but man… the possibilities are endless.     We’ve shared how to make some cash before you leave, but what about Read more about 10 Ways to Travel for Free[…]Read More »
  • How to Travel : Taking the Initial Leap

    How to Travel : Taking the Initial Leap

    Last week, we shared a bit about Last week, we shared a bit about who we are and we promised to share how we took the initial leap this week. And while we will hold true to that promise, you’ll find taking the initial leap isn’t as romantic or carefree as people think it is. Today Read more about How to Travel : Taking the Initial Leap[…]Read More »
  • The Two Behind Arbours Abroad

    The Two Behind Arbours Abroad

    Seeing how we share every bit of our current lives with you, we thought we should rewind a bit and tell you where the heck Arbours Abroad came from. For our friends and family that have been around from the beginning, this will be a trip down memory lane. To all you new readers, we Read more about The Two Behind Arbours Abroad[…]Read More »
  • 11 Things You Should Know When Moving to the UK

    11 Things You Should Know When Moving to the UK

    Moving to the UK can be both exciting and extremely scary all at the same time. When you move to a new place, especially a new country, it often seems like you’re going in blind. During our move to Scotland, we found eleven things that we think everyone should know when moving to the UK. Read more about 11 Things You Should Know When Moving to the UK[…]Read More »
  • Our London Getaway – A Quick Celebratory Trip

    Our London Getaway – A Quick Celebratory Trip

    As most of you know, we are absolutely loving our time here in Scotland. In fact, we’re absolutely loving every blessing of our lives the Lord has poured out on us, and school in Scotland is definitely one of those blessing. It’s crazy the way the Lord intervenes in our lives and how perfectly He Read more about Our London Getaway – A Quick Celebratory Trip[…]Read More »
  • We’re Back in Aberdeen… Our September Update

    We’re Back in Aberdeen… Our September Update

    We haven’t given everyone an update in quite some time as to how we are doing and what we’re up to… so we thought we would share a bit with you all!!   First off… We went to Thailand for a month back in July. If you missed that trip, head here to see all about Read more about We’re Back in Aberdeen… Our September Update[…]Read More »
  • Top Two Offline Travel Apps

    Top Two Offline Travel Apps

    If you’re planning a vacation and you’re feeling uneasy about the outrageous data usage fees abroad, we’ve got you covered. We have two travel apps that are must haves to any trip, abroad or close to home!   Keeping in mind the lack of data usage while traveling and a traveler’s budget, we’ve found two Read more about Top Two Offline Travel Apps[…]Read More »
  • Time For Thailand.. Our Summer Holiday

    Time For Thailand.. Our Summer Holiday

    With a month off and a small budget accompanied with a huge desire to go to Southeast Asia, we decided it was finally time to make it happen.  We bought our tickets to Thailand a week before flying out and had no real plans of what we would see or do. We just had to Read more about Time For Thailand.. Our Summer Holiday[…]Read More »
  • Italian Vacation

    Italian Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us and boy do we have everything at our fingertips!!   We have absolutely loved traveling through Scotland in our beloved van, Isobel!! However, when Jay was told he had a week off in the middle of June, we were prepared to leave Isobel and explore elsewhere! Guys, get this… not Read more about Italian Vacation[…]Read More »
  • Moving to Inverness

    Moving to Inverness

    So we moved to Inverness. Here’s the questions I presume are going through most of your heads. First, what in the world/where in the world is Inverness? And second, didn’t we just move to Aberdeen, why are we moving again?   I guess I should back up a bit.   With Jason’s physiotherapy program (physical Read more about Moving to Inverness[…]Read More »
  • Dare to Dream

    Dare to Dream

    Sitting at home today cozied up on my couch with a cup of coffee and the snow falling outside, I had a reality check. Actually, honestly, I don’t know if it can be called a reality check. It’s this underlying message that keeps getting in my head time and time again, and today, I’m finally Read more about Dare to Dream[…]Read More »
  • Spring Break

    Spring Break

      Bikinis, sun kissed skin, and margaritas on the beach right?? Or rather, scarves and beanies, rain, rain, rain, and hot chocolate in the van!! Yes, we chose rain over sunshine.. but we had to get to Skye!!   Skye?!?! What’s Skye? Where’s Skye? Why would you go there?!   When talking with locals about Read more about Spring Break[…]Read More »
  • So… We Bought A Van… Surprised?!?!

    So… We Bought A Van… Surprised?!?!

    How in the world did we think we were going to live in a country with amazing Creation to explore without having a car? Coming over here, having a car wasn’t even a thought.. After being here for about a month and realizing all the beauty this country has to offer not having a car Read more about So… We Bought A Van… Surprised?!?![…]Read More »
  • Our Move to Scotland

    Our Move to Scotland

      Woo hoo, we took the plunge–Packed up all our things and moved to Scotland. Time has gone by so incredibly fast. We couldn’t believe how quick the move crept up on us, and now it’s hard to believe we have been in Aberdeen for over two months!   Just a refresher.. First, we know Read more about Our Move to Scotland[…]Read More »
  • Joy In A Time of Mourning

    Joy In A Time of Mourning

    I’ve recently learned the real meaning of Joy in a time of mourning. Until June 2015,I had never lost someone extremely close to me, however, my life completely changed June 22, 2015.   Lately, the Lord has been moving in ways that Jason and I don’t fully understand. He has shut doors to what we thought were Read more about Joy In A Time of Mourning[…]Read More »
  • Coming Out of the Closet

    Coming Out of the Closet

    This blog contains information that may be offending to some. Please read with an open mind, as we try and give you the slightest understanding of how we feel.     Starting at the end of the world in Ushuaia, flying to the northernmost part of Argentina, busing to Uruguay, flying to Lima, then to Read more about Coming Out of the Closet[…]Read More »
  • Life on a Farm

    Life on a Farm

      Volunteering was one of our goals while backpacking through South America. We weren’t sure where or when this was going to happen, however, we knew when we were supposed to stop and volunteer it would be clear to us. When we went out to the Trankurra Farm for Alex and Jon’s birthday dinner, we Read more about Life on a Farm[…]Read More »
  • No Coincidence. Only God.

    No Coincidence. Only God.

    Oh my goodness.. Is the Lord good or what?!?! Something amazing just happened and we have to share it with all of you…. Here’s the theme of this one.. No Coincidence. Only God.   First though.. Thanks to everyone in our little prayer circle for praying when we asked. The Lord gave us clarity and Read more about No Coincidence. Only God.[…]Read More »
  • Disneyland

    Disneyland

    The drive to get Daniel was full of lots of different emotions. We were excited to be seeing Daniel and the family, but this also meant that our road trip journey was at its end. The road trip was full of so many great things, and was such a freeing experience, that it was hard Read more about Disneyland[…]Read More »
  • Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Clunk, gurgle, gurgle.. “Is that our car?” “No that’s not good ol’ Zippy, she’s a champ!” Clunk, gurgle, gurgle.. (A bit louder this time) “Uhh.. yep, that’s definitely our car!” “We’re almost to Jiffy Lube, we can make it!” Gurgle, gurgle, no power.. “I think we can roll down to that gas station.” And there Read more about Stranded in Flagstaff, Arizona[…]Read More »
  • And We’re Off

    And We’re Off

    Wow, what an adventure we have begun…and a bit later than what we were hoping, but hey, it’s a road trip, that’s expected right?   Our original plan was to leave Friday afternoon – we quickly realized that was an extremely unrealistic goal with how much we had to pack and whom we still needed Read more about And We’re Off[…]Read More »

 



 





 


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